We love seeing our sport give back to the communities that support them. Last week the Fair Hill Organizing Committee (FHOC), an affiliate of the Sport and Entertainment Corporation of Maryland (The Sport Corp.), announced the Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill has designated the Maryland Food Bank (MFB) as an event beneficiary.
MFB is a nonprofit hunger-relief organization dedicated to feeding people, strengthening communities, and ending hunger for more Marylanders. The Maryland 5 Star is a multi-day international event featuring top Eventing riders and horses competing at the sport’s highest-level. The inaugural event takes place October 14-17, 2021 at the new Fair Hill Special Event Zone in Cecil County, Maryland.
In addition to making a financial contribution to MFB, the Maryland 5 Star will be actively fundraising for the organization during the year through the event’s website, social media platforms and e-newsletters. The FHOC team and its partners will also volunteer at the food bank throughout the year and help raise awareness around MFB’s COVID-19 Phase 2 Response Plan via the event’s promotional materials, as well as during the competition with signage in the venue and coverage during the broadcast and livestream.
“We want to thank The Fair Hill Organizing Committee and the Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill for stepping up and offering their support toward our efforts to combat food insecurity during this especially challenging time for so many Marylanders,” said MFB President & CEO Carmen Del Guercio. “This is an exciting event for our state, and we’re hopeful that this partnership will not only help raise awareness around the issue of hunger, but also generate much-needed funds to feed an increasing number of individuals and families facing hunger as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
MFB is the heart of Maryland’s food assistance network, providing food to more than 1,200 soup kitchens, pantries, shelters, and other community-based distribution points across the state. The food bank is currently concentrating on expanding food access to those who have been negatively impacted by COVID-19.
FHOC President and CEO, Jeff Newman commented, “The FHOC and everyone involved with the Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill is thrilled to partner with the Maryland Food Bank especially during a time when their work is so critical. We are extremely proud to be helping Carmen and his incredible team in their efforts to keep up with the growing demands for food and expanding food access to those who are struggling the most during these challenging times.”